The “Foxes’ Wedding Procession” is held at the Hosho-ji temple every November 3 as part of its harvest festival.
This is a parade of a bride and groom and their families dressed up as foxes leading the mikoshi, or portable shrines, carried by local children and adults. The parade goes for about 1.5 km along the old Sanyo Highway in the Hanaoka district.
Who plays the bridge and groom each year is kept a secret, and it is said that the chosen couple will live happily together ever after. As a usual festival unique to Kudamatsu, it attracts large crowds, up to 30,000 each year.
|Date||November 3 each year|
|Location||Area around the Hanaoka Fukutoku Inari Shrine|
|Address||Suetakekami Oaza, Kudamatsu, Yamaguchi|
|Access||15 mins by bus from JR Kudamatsu Station
7 mins walk from JR Suo-Hanaoka Station